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Council minutes
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1. General

Council minutes are the written records of the oral sessions of municipal councils (Royal counselors). As official records, along with charters and administrative documents – in the ideal situation of a sound tradition and preservation – they constitute the densest, most continuous, and most extensive sources for the history of European cities and town from the late Middle Ages well into the 19th century (Archive). Their form and content can vary w…

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Rau, Susanne, “Council minutes”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026157>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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